by Joie Liu
December 1, 2019
As the ball soared into the goal, crowds went wild. Boston University Academy had won. It was the start of a winning streak that would lead the boys soccer team to the semifinals.
This fall at BUA was widely regarded as one of the best fall soccer seasons ever, especially with the founding of the first girls soccer team. As this was a new team, there was much anticipation to see how the girls would do. The team did not disappoint. Their final score of the season was 3-2-5, with 3 wins, 2 losses, and 5 ties. Allie Burdi ’20, co-captain of the team, wanted to give special shoutouts to Susanna Boberg ’23, Sarafina Madden ’22, Cass Swartz ’22, Benista Owusu-Amo ’21, and Jackson Phelps ’23. Additionally, she said, “One of the games that stood out the most to me was probably the first match against the British International School of Boston. Although ranked higher than us in the league, the girls fought hard and we managed to tie the game.” During Fall Festival, the team succeeded in soundly defeating the Woodward School 7-0.
The boys soccer team also did exceptionally well, making it to the semifinals of Division One and to the quarterfinals of the NEPSAC Regional Championship tournament. They competed against private schools of similar size across New England. According to co-captain Will Reason ’20, two winning games that stood out during their season were home games at Nickerson against Brimmer and May, with a score of 1-0, and against Boston Trinity Academy, with a score of 3-1. These two consecutive games led the team on a winning streak that ended with a record score of 7-1-1: 7 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie. Will noted the amazing energy of the crowds during games, and wanted to point out that players Ewan Henderson ’20, Phevos Paschalidis ’21, Rohan Prabhu ’21, Arman Karim ’21, Douglas Hazel ’20, Kealan Biebesheimer ’21, and Nicket Mauskar ’20 all performed especially well. Furthermore, he said, “I think that camaraderie and sheer team determination to improve is what brought us to where we are. That, more than anything, is worth emphasizing.”